Last night I had an email purporting to be from ueber-loyal Labour MP Nick Palmer, a friend of mine. The email informed me of a likely defection by a Labour MP to the SNP and said that if this happened Gordon Brown was toast. There was something about it that didn't quite feel right, so I emailed back (to a Googlemail address) asking if it really was Nick, and if so to provide me with the last three digits of his mobile phone number. Answer came there none. I then emailed Nick at his normal email address (not a parliamentary email) to inform him of the email. As he said in his reply "People on pb.com will laugh like drains at the idea of my being part of a sercret dissident cabal...".
I suspect this is a start of a dirty tricks operation against right of centre bloggers, with the aim of making us look complete arses. Speaking for myself, I can do that myself without any outside help, thank you very much!
UPDATE 3.14pm: Guido Fawkes had the same email, made some calls and as a consequence didn't run it either. So much for the allegations that he or I never bother checking stories. Labour Minister Tom Harris has an interesting post on this issue and relates a similar tale.